"We're Fighting, Winning": Farmers At Delhi Borders On 1 Year Of Protests

With the massive demonstration showing no signs of retreat, farmers are holding several events and protests across the country on Friday.

To mark one year of the protest, a large gathering has been organised at the Delhi border.

New Delhi:

Farmers from across the country arrived at the Delhi border on Friday to mark one year of the protest against the Centre's farm laws.

"Farmers from across the country have reached the campsites to celebrate one year of our historic protest," said Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait.

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the three controversial farm laws would be rolled back. The farmer unions welcomed the move but have said that they would not end their protest till the laws are formally repealed and other demands are met.

"We thank the government for its decision to repeal the laws, but our protest will continue until there's a decision on MSPs for all crops," Mr Tikait said.

With the protest showing no signs of retreat, even after the Centre announced that the three laws would be repealed, farmers are holding several events and protests across the country on Friday.

"It has been a year of unmatched struggle mixed with happiness and sadness. We are fighting and winning. We will fight and win. MSP law is farmers' right," Mr Tikait said in a tweet.

To mark one year of the protest, a large gathering has been organised on Friday at the Delhi border.

Farmers will block highways in Karnataka. In Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, trade unions have announced that they would join the farmers at the protests being held at district headquarters.

Tractor rallies will be taken out in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal.

The protest began with the "Dilli Chalo" programme on November 26 last year. Since then, thousands of farmers have gathered at the borders of the capital New Delhi, in one of the biggest challenges for PM Modi since he came to power in 2014. The rollback of the laws comes just ahead of critical elections in states like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.